Ajmer, the sacred city of Muslims, is one of the popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan, which was earlier known as Ajaymeru, the city ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan. The city is also the gateway to the holy cityy of Pushkar, which is dedicated to Lord Brahma, and has the only and biggest temple dedicated to him in the world.
Tomb of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a revered Sufi Saint of the 12th century AD, this is the holiest of all Muslim dargahs in the country. Throughout the year, the dargah welcomes a lot of pilgrims from all over the country and outside, but during the festival of Urs, it is a sight to look at. Different sections of the dargah are gifts of different emperors, be it the dome, the pillars, or the windows, and a Mughal art can be seen in the architecture.
Taragarh Fort :
A splendid hill fort, that overlooks at the entire city, Taragrah is one of the oldest forts in the country built by king Ajaypal Chauhan. The fort has been an important military center in war times, especially during British Raj. Here you can see a great work of art as well as a remembrance of Indian history.
This beautiful structure had been a Hindu Vaishnava temple till 1153, but has been turned into a mosque in 1193 by Qutbuddin Aybak. Situated on the Taragarh hill, the structure is a beautiful example of Indo- Persian art, where the pillars, walls, all are inscribed with Naskh and Kufic scripts.
Ana Sagar Lake :
This 12th century man made lake, was constructed by king Anaji, the grandfather of Prithviraj Chauhan. The lake is also surrounded by the exquisite garden, built by Emperor Jehangir, known as Daulat Bagh. You can also take a walk in the walkway constructed between the banks of the lake and the gardens, taking beautiful views of both.
Foy Sagar Lake :
Constructed under a famine relief project, by an English engineer, Mr Foy, this picturesque artificial lake got its name from its constructor itself. Constructed somewhere in the later half of the 19th century, here you can enjoy beautiful and serene views of the Aravalli hills and birds flying overhead.
This small town is a popular place where a lot of Hindu pilgrims come to visit the sacred town of Lord Brahma. The 14th century Pushkar temple dedicated to Brahma and the iconic Pushkar lake, are some favorite spots in the town. And the liveliest of the days here are those when the grand Pushkar Fair is organized.
Other popular places to visit in Ajmer are:
· Circuit House,
· Mayo College,
· Daulat Khana,
· Daulat Bagh,
· Akbar's Palace,
· Shah Jahan Mosque
· Nasiyan Jain Temple
· You must attend the Urs Festival in the Dargah Sharif, celebrated on the 7th month of Islamic lunar calendar
· Also be a part of the colorful and lively Pushkar Festival in Pushkar during the month of October or November.
· Shop for some amazing Rajasthani outfits and fabrics here.
· Have a boat ride in the scenic Anasagar lake.
On tours to Ajmer, you can enjoy excursions to a number of exciting tourist attractions nearby. Visit Pushkar (12 km), famous for Pushkar Lake and the Brahma temple; Foy Sagar (5 km), a picturesque artificial lake and a famous picnic spot; and Kishan Garh (27 km) famous for miniature paintings. You can also enjoy shopping for silver jewellery and other colorful items of the region.
The city is connected to the major cities of Rajasthan, like Jaipur and Udaipur, and after landing here through any express train from major Indian cities, you can easily drive to Ajmer. You can also board the Ajmer Shatabdi Express.
Jaipur -Ajmer expressway is a popular road which most of the travelers take, for a drive. You have many tourist buses, or you can drive your own car. Taxis, rentals, and autos are also available.